I'm looking for a word or phrase to mean: “mapping existing and ongoing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”.

I was thinking about "conforming execution" or "collapsing and initiating plan".
Is there a better word or phrase?

  • You could be "generalizing" your plans; making them more broadly applicable, less tied to specific details.
    – Hellion
    Oct 16, 2014 at 21:07
  • I'd be "synergizing existing plans with long term policy goals" myself, if I worked in an environment where such talk was called for. Oct 16, 2014 at 22:46

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There are already some great suggestions here, but I might consider amalgamated

'We have amalgamated our plans'

amalgamate - Combine or unite to form one organization or structure

I concede it does not necessarily give consideration to a larger view. It gives the impression that the integration is strong and well thought through, however.

  • Similarly, I would consider 'dovetail' - to fit together in a pleasing or satisfying way. 'We have dovetailed this into our future plan'
    – Alo
    Oct 16, 2014 at 23:09
  • "Amalgamate" works best. An excellent set of answers here, overall. Thanks, everyone!
    – Elle Fie
    Oct 17, 2014 at 0:01

How about "consolidating"? It essentially means "to merge", but is associated with an improvement over an existing baseline.

  • That's an interesting suggestion. It gives the sense of collating and merging with a larger plan in mind.
    – Elle Fie
    Oct 16, 2014 at 21:09

It sounds like you are incorporating them into your future plan.

  • "Incorporating" implies mostly an absorption element, does it not? Or does it also imply consideration of a larger view?
    – Elle Fie
    Oct 16, 2014 at 21:19
  • It means making them a part of the larger plan, assimilating them. If you mean to imply that the existing steps are the bulk of the new plan then maybe "reorganizing" or "restructuring" would work.
    – JeffSahol
    Oct 16, 2014 at 22:23

"Sequence". Your wording implies to me that the steps are known, but it is not known when they should be executed. They may be sequenced for the benefit of the one carrying out the steps.


Try "merging plans."

The word merge means to join two things together and continue on.

  • Does "merging" also include the sense of reassembly required to adhere to a larger plan that is going to begin now?
    – Elle Fie
    Oct 16, 2014 at 20:59
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